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Episode 15: Vance Stevens, Part Two
February 12, 2013 01:25 PM PST
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Vance speaks to the importance of community of practice when teachers want to innovate and apply new learning technologies. As the father of Webheads and Webheads in Action, Vance has demonstrated that his approach to online community building works.

Episode 14:: Vance Stevens, Webhead in chief
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February 12, 2013 01:21 PM PST
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Vance Stevens,a pioneer in computer-assisted language learning since the 70's, and Rob McBride, LearnIT2teach Project, in conversation in March 2012 at TESOL Philadelphia. Vance has taught TESL extensively at the university level in the USA and the Middle East. Thousands of TESL professionals know him as the originator and the animator of Webheads, a community of practice for instructors wanting to integrate technology into their teaching.

This is the first of three podcasts with Vance. In Instalment #1, Vance speaks to the origins of Webheads and how it operates to encourage collaboration and sharing among TESL practitioners.

Episode 13: Pascal St-Jean introduces Tutela
January 22, 2013 08:13 AM PST
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This podcast was recorded at the TESL Canada 2012 Conference shortly after the official launch of Tutela.ca, Citizenship and Immigration Canada's national repository for settlement language training. The podcast features Pascal St-Jean, one of the site administrators and core developers. Pascal provides a brief history of Tutela, an overview of what the site offers, strategies being used to build an online community and how being community-driven will impact the site's future.

Episode 12: Why Use Technology in the Language Classroom? by Dr. Ken Beatty, CALL Professor (Anaheim University)
November 02, 2012 12:06 PM PDT
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In this episode, Dr. Ken Beatty provides insights into the benefits of using technology from both the teachers' and learners' perspectives. Dr. Beatty makes practical suggestions, and he offers advice to the many teachers who would like to do more with educational technologies, but say they don't have time to learn them. Dr. Beatty is a Professor of Computer-assisted Language Learning at Anaheim University. He is also widely published in his field. This episode was recorded by Jim Edgar at the 2012 TESL Canada Conference.

Episode 11: Part Three of an interview with Dr. Phil Hubbard, Stanford University
July 21, 2012 07:29 AM PDT
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Teachers can act as 'change agents' by leading efforts to integrate CALL in their program. But this can be a dangerous path if you become known as the techie teacher, and then are relied on for technical support. Teachers in that position should be rewarded by administrators, but they should also try to teach skills to other teachers and students. Teachers need to know a little technology 'first aid' in order to fix issues themselves.

CALL has evolved a lot in the past 30 years. Mobile technology for learning and games for learning are two exciting new technologies. But people need to think carefully about what really helps and not just adopt trendy technology.

Teachers facing challenging environments and perhaps suspicious of learning technology should try to 'role play' the language learner. Dr. Hubbard suggests that teachers try using CALL materials in another language to experience technology from the learners point of view. This way, teachers can learn to understand what learners enjoy and what might frustrate them.

Episode 10: Part Two of our interview with Dr. Phil Hubbard, Stanford University
July 14, 2012 08:06 AM PDT
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Technology skills for teachers are becoming more and more in demand. Building your tech skills enhances your marketability. Teachers learn best from each other. Teachers collaborating to learn new skills is a real plus. Hiring a teacher with tech skills can improve a program as she can be a model for others. A program might start the process of change and innovation with a specific project to meet a need because teachers begin to see the value of innovation when they put it work. A group of teachers collaborating to do something new lightens the individual load and makes it more interesting for everyone. Length, less than five minutes.

Episode 9: A conversation with Dr. Phil Hubbard, Stanford University
July 05, 2012 10:46 PM PDT
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Dr. Phil Hubbard is the third computer assisted language learning expert we met with at TESOL Philadelphia in March 2012. He is a senior lecturer in Linguistics at Stanford University and a widely published and admired expert in the role technology plays in language teaching. As well, Phil was one of the principal authors of the TESOL Technology Standards.

This is the first of a three part interview with Dr. Hubbard. In this part, he describes how students have evolved from consumers of content to producers. CALL has become part of TESL because technology pervades our lives in general. The TESOL Technology Standards were developed partly for this reason. The standards have parts for both teachers and learners and performance indicators to show where both should be. Teachers need to understand what their learners need to know about technology. And they need to reflect on what technology applications are appropriate for their learners.

Episode 8: A conversation with Greg Kessler, Ohio University
June 08, 2012 08:23 AM PDT
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Dr. Greg Kessler is Associate Professor of Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) in the Department of Linguistics and Director of the Language Resource Center at Ohio University. He teaches CALL teacher preparation and research methods courses. His research addresses CALL teacher preparation, teacher and student language use in collaborative constructivist language learning, the role of students and teachers in innovative pedagogical contexts, student and teacher autonomy, and the relationship between technology and change in the English language. He has published widely in the area of CALL.

This seven minute conversation with LearnIT2teach Project Manager Rob McBride took place at TESOL Philadelphia 2012. Greg describes how CALL resources are constantly expanding. Also the CALL world has evolved and today there is no necessity for teachers to know computer code. New media and social networking are powerful new tools for language learning and teaching. New technology offers all TESL practitioners new opportunities. TESL professionals who don't take advantage are doing their constituents a disservice. One of the best ways to integrate CALL into an ESL program is when one teacher gets things going and models success with CALL for her colleagues. Successful integration of technology requires 'institutionalizing' CALL.

Episode 7: Part Two with Deborah Healey, University of Oregon
April 30, 2012 11:57 AM PDT
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In the second part of a conversation with Rob McBride, Deborah Healey explains how teachers can easily integrate technology into their practice. Tools as accessible as word processing or simple photo editing programs can be new and powerful avenues for language experience. The new ways we can do things are very empowering for teachers and learners. The Internet is a powerful medium for finding useful and stimulating classroom content. Creating a Google site or a blog on blogger take no more than a few minutes and link learners to the world in empowering ways.

Duration, six minutes.

Episode 6: Part one with Deborah Healey, University of Oregon
April 30, 2012 11:46 AM PDT
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Deborah Healey is a senior instructor at the University of Oregon and a CALL educator with an international reputation for thoughtful and incisive work. This seven minute podcast is part one of a two part conversation with Deborah.

In conversation with LearnIT2teach team member Rob McBride at TESOL Philadelphia 2012, she explains why teachers have a responsibility to engage their learners with technology. Deborah also explains why getting started with technology doesn't demand a lot of technical know-how.

Duration, seven and a half minutes.

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